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Power deptt replies to Wangyuh
Published on 24 Oct. 2009 1:02 AM IST
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Making a point-to-point rebuttal to former Lok Sabha MP Wangyuh Konyak’s accusation regarding “stalled mini hydro project” at Tehok, the state power department today said that as per the norms of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) the 1MW Tehok HEP was accorded sanction of Rs.600 lakhs as capital subsidy by MNRE but only Rs.60 lakhs was released during 2002-2003 as first installment. Former MP had asked as to why the amount of Rs 6 cr which was sanctioned as subsidy from MNES during 2001-2002 could not be utilized and “where the sanctioned amount has gone or disappeared?” In a press release received here on Friday, the state power department chief engineer (CE) said the released amount was utilized for project approach road, construction of barracks, formation cutting of power channel and other preliminary works associated with the project and Utilization Certificate (UC) furnished to the MNRE. The power department stated that, over the period of 2003-07, it could only provide Rs. 50 lakhs under state plan and with no further release made by MNRE, desired progress could not be achieved. Also, it said that during the same period the department had to deal with legal issues arising on award of contract. Further, the chief engineer asserted that fund release from MNRE are subjected to implementation progress and fulfillment of state financial commitment. “Therefore, after the department informed the MNRE that government of Nagaland have agreed in principle to provide balance cost required for completion of the project and that a budgetry provision of Rs.600 lakhs has been lept during 2009-2010, the MNRE release the 2nd installment of Rs.100 lakhs in March 2009,” the CE stated. Wangyuh had pointed out that only after power department gave budget provision of Rs 5 crore, during 2009-10 financial year, against Tehok mini hydro electric project, the government approached under negotiated loan from NARBARD. The department further stated that the amount (2nd installment) was with the government and would be utilized by it during 2009-10. “With the utilization of this amount, the department is hopeful of getting the balance amount of Rs.440 lakhs from MNRE during 2009-10,” the chief engineer maintained. Meanwhile, it appraised that with the revised cost of the project with current price level estimated at Rs.2100 lakhs, the state government was required to mobilize the balance amount of Rs.1500 lahks to complete the project, with Rs.600 lakhs made available as grant from MNRE.

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